Librating
Librate Li"brate (l[imac]"br[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Librated} (l[imac]"br[asl]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Librating}.] [L. libratus, p. p. of librare to balance, to make even, fr. libra. Cf. {Level}, {Deliberate}, {Equilibrium}.] To vibrate as a balance does before resting in equilibrium; hence, to be poised. [1913 Webster]

Their parts all librate on too nice a beam. --Clifton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • a — Libration Li*bra tion (l[ i]*br[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. libratio: cf. F. libration.] 1. The act or state of librating. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) A real or apparent libratory motion, like that of a balance before coming to rest. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • b — Libration Li*bra tion (l[ i]*br[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. libratio: cf. F. libration.] 1. The act or state of librating. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) A real or apparent libratory motion, like that of a balance before coming to rest. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Librated — Librate Li brate (l[imac] br[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Librated} (l[imac] br[asl]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Librating}.] [L. libratus, p. p. of librare to balance, to make even, fr. libra. Cf. {Level}, {Deliberate}, {Equilibrium}.] To vibrate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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